3 Up 3 Down: Donaldson, Gibby and Osuna

There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned comeback win to cure what ails a struggling team. After struggling mightily on the road the past week, the Blue Jays kicked off their homestand with a dramatic win which had just about everything.

There was a shouting match between Josh Donaldson and the Angels bench, there was a mammoth home run hit by Jose Bautista, and a few noteworthy moments caught on camera from John Gibbons.

Todd Redmond made an unexpected spot start and it was met with expected mediocre results. And then the bullpen took over and things appeared to be heading in an all-too-familiar direction.


But luckily, the starting lineup rescued the club from what could have been another meltdown by the pitching staff.

Josh Donaldson – Bringer of Profanity

Say what you will about Josh Donaldson’s actions and words from yesterday’s game, but it may have sparked the rally which ultimately lead to a win by the Blue Jays.

I don’t necessarily condone what he did, but it may have been Donaldson just asserting himself as one of the leaders in the clubhouse during a time in which the Blue Jays have sorely needed a boost.

I just find it funny that the cameras clearly caught the exchange and there was absolutely no mistake as to what he said towards the Angels bench. I don’t doubt that these exchanges happen all the time in baseball, it’s just that this one was fully displayed on television.

Just to play devil’s advocate for a moment, imagine if someone from the Angels bench had said that to one of the Blue Jays players. They would immediately become public enemy number one and would be raked over the coals for doing so.

But because Donaldson has somewhat of a history playing the Los Angeles Angels, I suppose this was just chalked up to “boys being boys”. At any rate, the Blue Jays won the game.


Gibby The Best

Not really much to say about John Gibbons, but he provided us with two stellar GIFs from yesterday’s game. For anyone in the “Fire Gibbons” crowd, it looks like he’s ready to fire right back.

Osuna Keeps Cruising

The Toronto Blue Jays bullpen may have been in flux the first seven weeks of the season, but the one constant has been none other than Roberto Osuna.

He asserted himself as one of the Blue Jays’ most reliable relievers yesterday, picking up 1.2 innings of relief and effectively lowering his ERA to 0.86 on the season. Osuna has essentially been the club’s go-to guy in high leverage situations.

While the Miguel Castro experiment may not have panned out, Roberto Osuna is quickly making his way up the ranks as one of the best relievers in the American League.


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Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.